"It's never too late to start"
Rosemary's weight loss story
Name: Rosemary Macpherson
Weight loss: 60kg
How long it took: 1 year
How she did it: Online and Group Coaching at Penrith, NSW with Coach Ellen Mouwen
Before & Now
“ I love travelling and when I went overseas, I’d book two seats so I could fit, plus I’d ask the flight attendant for a seatbelt extender, which was embarrassing. ”
I was brought up to eat
When I was born, in 1944, there was a lot of rationing because of World War II. Growing up, my mother thought we were lucky to be able to have food so she never stopped us eating and I ended up very overweight. I tried losing weight at various times but got fed up with not being able to have the unhealthy things I wanted – I lacked self-discipline.
I had to book two plane seats
I love travelling and when I went overseas, I’d book two seats so I could fit, plus I’d ask the flight attendant for a seatbelt extender, which was embarrassing. Being overweight is also very uncomfortable – you get hot, chafed and tired easily. By my late sixties, my arthritic knees were so painful that I couldn’t walk 500m without stopping for a rest, and sometimes my knee would collapse under me. I needed a knee replacement, but I knew the doctors wouldn’t operate on someone so heavy – especially since it was my weight that had caused my knee problems in the first place.
I was out of breath on stage
I’m also an amateur actor and was finding it exhausting – I was constantly out of breath on stage. When I was offered my dream role as a witch in a comedy play, I thought, ‘This is where it stops’. I knew I had to get the weight off my knees to be able to cope.
My husband and I joined together
My husband Stewart and I joined Weight Watchers together and immediately started losing weight. My food intake didn’t change that much in terms of volume, but the types of food I was eating did. I’d make vegie soups and looked at the vegetarian menus in restaurants, which I never would’ve done before.
My swimsuits got smaller and smaller
As I shed the kilos, I started getting more energy and was able to increase the distance I walked. I also started swimming laps for the first time in years, slowly swapping large swimsuits for smaller sizes – I began in a size 20 and now I’m a 12.
We start each day with a walk together
My husband was my biggest support, and we were always prompting each other to eat better. Now we start each day with a 3km walk before breakfast. He lost 27kg and became a Lifetime Member a year before I did, and has maintained that weight loss ever since.
Hitting Goal was amazing
At the beginning, I said I wanted to try to halve my body weight. I didn’t honestly think it would be possible but amazingly, I almost did it. My doctor and I originally set my Goal at 70kg but I actually got down to 65kg. I ended up taking that dream part in the play, too – and they had to pad out my costume to make me look fatter!
I'm going on a dream cruise
I’ve had my knees operated on now, and we’re going on a riverboat cruise in Europe soon – it’s something I’ve always wanted to do but wanted to be able to walk freely. Now I’ll be able to skip lightly down the beautiful cobblestoned streets!
Rosemary's weight-loss tips
Eat your greens: I used to be a carnivore, with meat taking up half the plate, and vegies just a garnish. Now I’ve halved my meat intake and doubled the vegies.
Just do it: We live in the Blue Mountains in NSW and during winter it’s freezing cold in the mornings, but my husband and I wrap up and get out there for our walks, regardless.
Keep going: There were a couple of plateau periods, but I learnt to accept it and not give up. I tried extra exercises and drank more water, and eventually I got there.
Maintain your lifestyle: We do a lot of travelling but we always stick with the Program. We take our laptop with us and keep tracking, and manage to keep the weight off.